Multiple reports citing unnamed government sources have stated that Twitter has lost its status as an intermediary for failing to comply with the IT Rules 2021 that came into effect on May 26. This could mean that authorities may try to hold Twitter liable for the content shared by users on its platform. The reports of this loss of intermediary status have so far come from the Financial Express, ANI, and The Economic Times. "Twitter is liable for penal actions against any Indian law just as any publisher is," an unspecified number of sources told NDTV. "We are keeping the MeitY apprised of the progress at every step of the process. Twitter continues to make every effort to comply with the new Guidelines," a Twitter spokesperson told MediaNama. However, the company did not share details on whether it received a notice from the government regarding its intermediary status and where it currently stands in terms of compliance with the rules. It also did not contest the assessment made by the multiple reports. IT Minster weighs in IT Minister RS Prasad tweeted this morning saying that despite being given multiple opportunities to comply, "the simple fact of the matter is that Twitter has failed to comply with the Intermediary Guidelines." But Prasad stopped short of saying that Twitter has lost the intermediary status. Prasad also pointed out that Twitter has failed to set up a grievance redressal process and has a "policy of flagging manipulates[d] media, only when it suits, its likes and…
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